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29/12/1989 Václav Havel is selected to be president of Czechoslovakia

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Former Czech president Vaclav Havel dies

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Presidents of Czechoslovakia 1918 - 1993

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The Death of Vaclav Havel

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Czech and Slovak velvet look back

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Refugee Crisis an "Organised Invasion": President of the Czech Republic during his Christmas Speech

Havel's Civic Forum party played a major role in the Velvet Revolution that toppled communism in Czechoslovakia. He assumed the presidency shortly thereafter, and was re-elected in a landslide the following year and after Slovak independence in 1993. Havel was instrumental in dismantling the Warsaw Pact and expanding NATO membership eastward.